I will admit that I had no idea that Memory was a remake of a popular Belgian movie that was released back in the early 00s. I am a real sucker for a Liam Neeson action movie, even if it feels like he has been in about 20 of them over the last five years! Even his worst movies tend to have a certain charm to them so I went into Memory with an open mind.
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The Movie Review
I have to say that I was given some real hope thanks to the cast. We have Liam Neeson as an assassin called Alex who wants to retire. He is joined by an excellent supporting cast with the likes of Guy Pearce who is an FBI agent called Vincent and he has Alex firm in his sights! We also have Monica Bellucci and Ray Stevenson, two other actors I have enjoyed over the years.
Alex is an assassin and he also has the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. I think the premise of this highly skilled professional killer dealing with Alzheimer’s disease is just a fantastic idea, but the movie never really dives into it enough for my liking. It is there, but I think it could have been done a bit better if I am being honest.
Anyway, Alex has been a killer for hire for a very long time and before he can retire, he is given one last mission. Alex’s last mission is to kill a little girl, a mission he refuses to do. The little girl ends up killed anyway and Alex decides to try and find out who killed her. This little girl though meant a great deal to FBI agent Vincent Serra who now is hunting down Alex, thinking he is the one who killed the little girl.
Seeing Alex try to piece together what happened while dealing with his Alzheimer’s is pretty awesome, even if it does feel a bit underdeveloped. You have probably seen Liam Neeson play the badass several times before, well that is pretty much what we have here, but he has met his match with Guy Pearce and I think these two have fantastic chemistry when they are on screen together.
As you have probably guessed, there are some great action scenes in Memory. Coming in at under two hours, the movie never overstays its welcome, but I do think if they had perhaps added just five to ten minutes more showing him dealing with his memory loss, it would have been a fare more memorable (no pun intended) and different kind of action movie.
I feel that if you enjoy Liam Neeson as an action star, you will get some enjoyment out of this. While not a great movie, it is certainly better than Blacklight which Liam Neeson also was the star of. I am not sure I would say it is worth making the effort of going into the theatre and watching. However, once it hits the streaming services, with a load of snacks and a big can of soda, you could find it a fun action movie to watch.
- The idea of an assassin who has trouble with his memory was pretty cool
- I thought that Guy Pearce and Liam Neeson worked really well together
- If you are a fan of Liam Neeson in his action roles, you will probably enjoy this
- It does have some pretty fun action scenes
- The Alzheimer’s aspect of the plot I think could have been developed further
- Liam Neeson has appeared in far more average to good movies than great ones over the last few years